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This introvert or extrovert Q is question #3 of the five rapid-fire questions that I ask Talk About Talk podcast guests:

  1. What are your pet peeves?
  2. What type of learner are you?
  3. Introvert or extrovert?
  4. What’s your media preference for personal conversations?
  5. What podcasts or email newsletters do you recommend?
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Image: shutterstock

***NOTE: Many people assume that “introverts are shy” and “extroverts are outgoing.”  This is an over-simplification, and in fact, it can be wrong!

Knowing where you sit on the INTROVERSIONEXTROVERSION scale can help you:

  • improve your communication effectiveness
  • manage your energy
  • be more productive
  • understand other people around you – both personally & professionally

 

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Image: Unsplash @liydanada

In this week’s Talk About Talk podcast episode, we focus on the INTROVERTEXTROVERT scale.  Read on to learn all about introverts, extroverts, and ambiverts!


Are You an INTROVERT or an EXTROVERT?

Of course, you can take a personality test (like the Myers-Briggs MBTI or the Big 5), but most of us know where we stand just by reading the definitions of these traits. 

It’s not always true that “introverts are shy” and “extroverts are outgoing.” Instead, focus on whether you are INTERNALLY or EXTERNALLY focused in terms of your ATTENTION and your ENERGY.


EXTROVERTS

  • …are externally focused 
  • …prefer to focus their attention on the external, outer world of people and things. They also:
    • are action-oriented
    • seek breadth
    • prefer frequent interaction
  • …derive their energy from socializing, and research shows extroverts crave social stimuli. Solitude depletes their energy.

 

INTROVERTS

  • …are internally focused
  • …prefer to focus their attention on their inner world – of ideas and images. They also:
    • are thought-oriented
    • seek depth
    • prefer substantive interaction
  • …derive their energy from solitude, deplete their energy from socializing
  • More on introverts in this book QUIET: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talkingby Susan Cain.
Quiet by Susan Cain

 



What if I’m BOTH?

There’s a word for that, for being in the middle of the introversion-extroversion scale.  Do you know what it is? 

AMBIVERT 

The prefix “ambi-” means both.  And most of us are both.  

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So, are you an INTROVERT, an EXTROVERT, or an AMBIVERT? I hope you ENJOY THE PODCAST!

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📄 Click HERE to read the printable shownotes

Please forward this email to anyone who might like to learn about their personality and communication skills.  Thank you! 

Talk soon,

Dr. Andrea Wojnicki
Chief Talker & Communication Coach


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